Monthly Archives: December 2019

Proposed NYC law would require drone inspections for building complaints

Drones could soon be key to keeping New Yorkers safe from crumbling architecture. Members of the New York City Council have proposed legislation that would require drone inspections within 48 hours of a complaint or confirmed violation. A robotic v… … Read the rest of this entry

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Judge strikes down NYC law limiting Uber and Lyft driver cruising time

Uber and Lyft have won a major legal battle in one of their most important US markets. On Monday, a state judge ruled that a New York City law designed to control how much time ride-hailing drivers can spend looking … Read the rest of this entry

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Verizon met its 2019 5G coverage goals, but only just

Verizon (Engadget's parent company) has been rushing to make its 5G coverage goals for 2019, and it just completed them at the last minute. The carrier has trotted out 5G service in Cleveland, Columbus and Hampton Roads (Virginia), putting ultra … Read the rest of this entry

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China internet rules call for algorithms that recommend ‘positive’ content

China is once more tightening its grip on internet content, and this time algorithms are in the spotlight. The Cyberspace Administration of China has published upcoming rules that dictate how internet companies manage content, including a push for r… Engadget … Read the rest of this entry

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Online bulletin board inventor Randy Suess dies at 74

It's a sad week if you've ever posted on a social network or an internet forum. Randy Suess, the creator of the software for first online public bulletin board, died on December 10th at the age of 74. He and … Read the rest of this entry

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NBC’s Peacock streaming service might include live video

NBC might rely on more than a mix of free and paid tiers to reel you into watching its Peacock service. CNBC sources say the plan is to launch the app or website by immediately playing video, including live material … Read the rest of this entry

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Tesla code hints Model 3 might get 100kWh battery and Ludicrous Mode

Tesla's Model 3 might get features normally reserved for its larger, more expensive siblings. Code sleuth Green has discovered references in Tesla's software to a number of potential improvements to the 'entry' EV, most notably a 100kWh battery. It… Engadget … Read the rest of this entry

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Walmart’s Amazon attack plan could put 5G antennas, servers in stores

Now that Walmart and others are chasing Amazon's convenience with shipping that's nearly instantaneous, deep discounts for third parties and convenient in-store pickup of online orders, what's next? According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, W… Engadget RSS … Read the rest of this entry

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Trump admin blocks expanded rules against inefficient lightbulbs

On Friday the Department of Energy announced it will not allow amended standards for incandescent lamps to go into effect. Following the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 there was talk of a "ban" on incandescent … Read the rest of this entry

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Stanford upgrades its driverless DeLorean for better drifting

There are few experiences more pure in this life than getting a borrowed car sideways in your local Nordstrom's parking lot. Now, digital denizens are afforded the same benefit as humans thanks to a multi-year effort by a Stanford-based research … Read the rest of this entry

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